Watch & Review: Clayt Burns his Past in ‘Ashtray’ Music Video


When faced with difficult decisions like having to cut someone off or end a relationship, we can find ourselves making excuses and dwelling in the past. Atlanta rapper Clayt reflects on leaving the past behind, accepting your faults and moving forward in the visual for his latest track ‘Ashtray’.

Story | Zara Hurtado

The deep blues and sunset streaked skies create a peaceful backdrop for Clayt as he starts to unpack his emotions, starting with the memories of a love that couldn’t last to recognizing that the relationship was a lost cause:

“Some things just got to change / Most things are not the same / Leave the past in the ashtray”

The track’s sweeping beat captures the whimsical nature of getting lost in your head while the shots of Clayt standing alone on an island with the shore creeping up on him add to the serenity of the track. Jazz singer Honesty provides the track with soulful vocals that bring Clayt’s internal dialogue to a climax as he raps:

“Put this pressure on myself / But everyday is a new beginning / That’s a blessing in itself / You know that I know I can’t be perfect / Leave the past in the ashtray.”

The end of a certain time of your life can feel like the end of the world, but ‘Ashtray’ is here to let you know that it doesn’t have to be. Loss and change are essential parts of our everyday life we can’t grow or become the best version of ourselves without them. Ultimately, it’s up to us to decide if we want to leave the past behind and let the memories fade like a cigarette burning out in an ashtray.

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